- one of a series of curved bones that are articulated with the vertebrae and occur in pairs, 12 in humans, on each side of the vertebrate body, certain pairs being connected with the sternum and forming the thoracic wall.
- a cut of meat, as beef, containing a rib.
- ribs, spareribs(def 2).
- any of several archlike members of a vault supporting it at the groins, defining its distinct surfaces, or dividing these surfaces into panels: including ogives and tiercerons.
- any of several molded members or moldings, including ridge ribs and liernes, and on the surface of a vault accenting the ridges or dividing the surface into panels.
- something resembling a rib in form, position, or use, as a supporting or strengthening part.
- a structural member that supports the shape of something: an umbrella rib.
- Nautical. any of the curved framing members in a ship's hull that rise upward and outward from the keel; frame.
- a stiffening beam cast as part of a concrete slab.
- a primary vein of a leaf.
- a vertical ridge in cloth, especially in knitted fabrics.
- a ridge, as in poplin or rep, caused by heavy yarn.
- a wife (in humorous allusion to the creation of Eve. Gen. 2:21–22).
- Ceramics. a scraper for smoothing clay being thrown on a potter's wheel.
- a metal ridge running along the top of the barrel of a firearm to simplify aligning the sights.
- a longitudinal strip of metal joining the barrels of a double-barreled gun.
- to furnish or strengthen with ribs.
- to enclose as with ribs.
- to mark with riblike ridges or markings.
Origin of rib1
- to tease; make fun of.
Origin of rib2
Examples from the Web for ribbed
The ribbed khaki look could also came on sporty-looking trousers which tied at the ankles.Chloé Spring/ Summer 2014: Modern Exoticism
September 29, 2013
Netanyahu then ribbed Obama, saying, “You knew exactly when to come here, you knew we had elections.”Live From the Holy Land … It’s the Obama and Bibi Show!
March 20, 2013
“We came from real studios,” Williams ribbed, as McHale joked around with the audience.Behind the Scenes at ‘The Soup’: Joel McHale, Brian Williams & More
February 8, 2013
In a Tuesday interview, Wolf Blitzer ribbed the governor about whether the violent flick was appropriate for such young children.Hunger Games: Mitt Romney Needs to Tap His Inner Katniss Everdeen
March 30, 2012
A copper-colored, ribbed turtleneck peeked from beneath a knee-skimming navy coat.Balenciaga, Dries Van Noten Kick Off Paris Fall 2012 Fashion Week
March 1, 2012
The sides are ribbed with rocks, among which the cyclamens grow in profusion.Out-of-Doors in the Holy Land
Henry Van Dyke
These were not ribbed or bayonet-shaped, but flat, like a long sword.Round About a Great Estate
The work is done in plain knitting, back and forth, with ribbed belt.
They are open-work over the ankles, and three of the six pairs are ribbed.A Temporary Dead-Lock
Thomas A. Janvier
In this one the fruits are also ribbed, but they are not wrinkled transversely.Field and Woodland Plants
William S. Furneaux
- any of the 24 curved elastic arches of bone that together form the chest wall in man. All are attached behind to the thoracic part of the spinal columnTechnical name: costa Compare true rib, false ribs, floating rib
- the corresponding bone in other vertebrates
- a cut of meat including one or more ribs
- a part or element similar in function or appearance to a rib, esp a structural or supporting member or a raised strip or ridge
- a structural member in a wing that extends from the leading edge to the trailing edge and maintains the shape of the wing surface
- a projecting moulding or band on the underside of a vault or ceiling, which may be structural or ornamental
- one of a series of raised rows in knitted fabricSee also ribbing (def. 3)
- a raised ornamental line on the spine of a book where the stitching runs across it
- any of the transverse stiffening timbers or joists forming the frame of a ship's hull
- any of the larger veins of a leaf
- a metal strip running along the top of the barrel of a shotgun or handgun and guiding the alignment of the sights
- a vein of ore in rock
- a projecting ridge of a mountain; spur
- to furnish or support with a rib or ribs
- to mark with or form into ribs or ridges
- to knit plain and purl stitches alternately in order to make raised rows in (knitting)
- archaic to enclose with or as if with ribs
- (tr) to tease or ridicule
- a joke or hoax
Word Origin and History for ribbed
Old English ribb "rib," from Proto-Germanic *rebja- (cf. Old Norse rif, Old Saxon ribbi, Old Frisian ribb, Middle Dutch, Dutch ribbe, Old High German ribba, German Rippe), literally "a covering" (of the cavity of the chest), from PIE *rebh- "to roof, cover" (cf. Greek ereptein "to roof," Old Church Slavonic rebro "rib, reef"). As an item of food from early 15c. Rib joint "brothel" is slang from 1943, probably in reference to Adam's rib (cf. rib "woman, wife," attested from 1580s).
"tease, fool," 1930, apparently from rib (n.); perhaps as a figurative suggestion of poking someone in the ribs. Related: Ribbed; ribbing.
- One of a series of long curved bones occurring in 12 pairs in humans and extending from the spine to or toward the sternum.
- Any of a series of long, curved bones extending from the spine and enclosing the chest cavity. In mammals, reptiles, and birds, the ribs curve toward the center of the chest and in most cases attach to the sternum (breastbone). There are 12 pairs of ribs in humans. See more at skeleton.
- One of the main veins of a leaf.
Idioms and Phrases with ribbed
see stick to the ribs.